Back in 2011 I flew to Paris with my girlfriend, as romantic as that sounds it really wasn’t. We spent two of our four days at Pitchfork music festival at La Grande Halle de la Villette watching Bon Iver, Lykke Li and Aphex Twin as well as number of other acts. The other two days were spent exploring this beautiful and charismatic city.
Its a charming place crammed with captivating architecture, street art and food. We visited all the usual tourist attractions as well as exploring down the side streets.
I took my Nikon F55 SLR with me and a reel of Kodak Gold and Ilford HP5 black and white. I was instantly drawn towards taking photos of architecture. Paris holds such a diverse selection of architecture from every period, from the Middle Ages to the 21st century and was the birthplace of the Gothic style. Every corner you turn you seem to face buildings that are refreshingly creative and unique like the Centre Georges Pompidou or Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie which are two of the most intriguing and individual pieces of architecture I have ever seen in my life.
As well as these iconic modern master pieces you can also find incredibly detailed buildings which hold charecter and charisma such as the Cathedral of Notre-Dame and The École Militaire to name a few.
Paris is also well known for its artistic input. Street art can be found scattered across the city in all formats from gigantic murals to posters. I fell in love with Paris’s tough love attitude, It just doesn’t try to sell itself like some other cities do.